As a continuation of the Grade 6, Digital Design project started in August, Pathways School Noida again invited the students of an NGO run school named Ankur ANAWA School on 12th December 2019. The project, in August, started with extensive research on the problem of “Digital Divide” and its causes. Identifying a lack of resources as one of the many causes, the students of Grade 6 decided to teach 21st-century computer skills to the students of Ankur school who come from the weaker section of the society.
The project started with an interaction with a group of students from Ankur around 3 months ago to gauge their level of exposure to technology and their areas of interest. Subsequently, based on their investigation and analysis, Pathways students planned and created lesson plans on various topics like Web designing using WIX, creating an email account, Creating YouTube channel, Using Canva for designing, Basics of scratch programming and many more. To ensure the sustainability of the project, students created interesting video tutorials using screen recording tools which will be handed to their school. The final session started with teaching the planned computer skills followed by a small assessment and feedback from them to measure the success of their planning and tutorials. It was a wonderful experience for not only the students of both the school but also the teachers witnessing the great enthusiasm and involvement of the learner and the budding tutors. They exhibited considerate communication skills and teamwork along with empathy. The smile that the students carried when they “taught and learnt” was proof of the wonderful learning that had happened!
Further extending this project to another level, the students of Pathways raised funds (Around Rs 80,000) to buy computers for the students of the Ankur ANAWA school. Students made sure that they earn every rupee for the project instead of just taking money from their parents. They planned and executed a range of fundraising activities like baking cakes for the neighbours, Spreading awareness about Digital Divide by making posters and seeking donations, designing and selling bookmarks, helping younger sibling in the homework, teaching different useful software to their parents and relatives etc. The excitement and thrill of raising money to help their partners from Ankur school were unparallel. Pathways School Noida especially congratulates the parents of Grade 6 students who supported the cause and the endeavour wholeheartedly.